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Family vacations are the perfect opportunity for family bonding time, they strengthen relationships between family members. They not only build life-long memories, but they also break your family away from the mundane, opening your minds to new cultures, foods and experiences. Namibia, known as the land of endless horizons, vast distances, epic landscapes, spectacular sand, dunes and first-class wildlife viewing is the perfect location for a family safari. This 13-day iconic family adventure offers the best of Namibia’s wildlife, landscape and a wealth of cultural experiences with activities and scenery to be enjoyed by the entire family. From the spectacular wildlife in the Etosha National Park to towering red sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft with adrenaline activities in Swakopmund and San rock paintings in Damaraland, there is plenty to do for everyone. This is a trip of a lifetime and the whole family will go home with memories to cherish for years to come.

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night – Olive Grove Guest House (Windhoek)| Namibia
  • 3 Nights – Sossusvlei Lodge (Sossusvlei) | Namibia
  • 3 Nights – Swakopmund Luxury Suites (Swakopmund) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights – Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (Damaraland) | Namibia
  • 1 Night – Etosha Village (Etosha National Park - South) | Namibia
  • 2 Nights - Mushara Bush Camp (Etosha National Park-East) | Namibia
  • 1 Night – Out of Africa Town Lodge (Otjiwarongo) | Namibia
Price Includes
  • Meet and Greet at Airports at Hosea Kutako International
  • Accommodation and meals as specified as per itinerary
  • 4 x 4 Vehicle hire
  • Premium Cover insured vehicle rental
  • Tour file with detailed itinerary, map, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information
  • 24-hour support
Price Excludes
  • International Flights and Airport Taxes
  • Meals and activities not mentioned as included
  • Fuel costs for duration of the rental period
  • Vehicle Hire deposit
  • Entry visas
  • Porterage and staff Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Windhoek

On arrival at Hosea Kutako Windhoek International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted with picking up your car rental. During a detailed briefing, our representative will answer all questions related to the trip. Then, drive to Olive Grove Guest House located in a quiet, peaceful suburb considered the perfect location for guests’ stopover on their way to OR from their Namibian safari. The rest of the day is at leisure and may be spent exploring the city.

Windhoek is a city of many contrasts. Modern skyscrapers blend with historic buildings dating from the turn of the century. Several buildings from the German colonial era have been preserved and restored to fulfil useful functions in the community today.
Learn about the history of this city, which was destroyed and rebuilt around a century ago.
It is worth visiting Parliament Gardens, but there are also several museums. The Trans-Namib Railroad Museum might interest children the most seeing as it is full of old rail cars and trains. There’s also Zoo Park which is a good place to sit and have some lunch.
Enjoy dinner tonight at the guest house or one of Windhoek’s well-known restaurants.

Accommodation: Olive Grove Guest House
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2Windhoek – Sossusvlei

This morning after breakfast from Windhoek drive south to the world-famous Sossusvlei one of the highlights of this journey. Passing through the rugged Spreetshoogte Pass in Central Namibia, this steep route has stunning views of the desert and dramatic landscapes. Stop over at the viewpoint to admire the endless panorama of the Namib. En route, stop for lunch after which continue with the drive until you reach Sossusvlei Lodge, your home for the next three nights.

Sossusvlei Lodge is a child-friendly accommodation with interleading family rooms. The lodge is located at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, with direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon.
On arrival at the lodge, the family may decide to take a dip in the refreshing pool to cool off from the afternoon heat and a long drive. It is time to relax while admiring the vistas of the Namib Desert.
Later in the evening, enjoy a desert dinner at the lodge restaurant.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 3 - 4Sossusvlei

During your exploration of the Namib Nauklauft National Park, climb the dunes, and visit canyons and gorges. In a number of areas surrounding Sossuvlei look out for the petrified dunes. These are ancient dunes that are approximately 1 billion years old and have solidified into rock.

Set out on a quad bike adventure trail through the Namib dunes – and the children will love it!! gliding across the smooth, silk-like texture of the tawny desert sand, in sharp contrast to the bright, cerulean sky above, and the russet, rugged mountain ranges of the Namib escarpment in the distance.
Go horse riding to explore the unrivalled open spaces and spectacular landscapes of the Namib Desert
If these activities are not enough, reach out to The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre which is available to assist with advice or in organizing extra activities for the family.

Today is an early rise to enter the park to witness the beautiful colours change as the sun rises over the towering red sand dunes. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan located in the midst of this ancient, red wilderness and provides wonderful photographic opportunities. Occasionally the pan fills up with water offering a fantastic spectacle as the glassy lake reflects the surrounding dunes. Conquer Dune 45, considered the highest in the world reaching 300m and look out over a sea of sand.
Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals here which have adapted to survive.

Lunch will be enjoyed at the lodge before setting off again to Sesriem Canyon. The canyon has been shaped over millions of years by the Tsauchab River and is one of the few places in the area that holds water all year round. It is up to 30 metres deep at points and about 1km long with a width of between 1 and 3 metres. The canyon is a fun and interesting place to visit and walk through its narrow passageway viewing the different rock formations and exposed layers along the way.

Accommodation: Sossusvlei Lodge
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 5Sossusvlei - Swakopmund

Following 4 days of Desert bliss, it is time for a change of scenery as Namibia is a land of contrasts. Today you will move from desert to sea, to a picturesque colonial town on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean: Swakopmund, a journey of about six hours including the requested stops by the children.

After a hearty, local breakfast, set off in your 4×4 across the dunes. The roads are incredibly straight, allowing you to cover enough ground and appreciate the vastness around you. En route, a “must stop” at Solitaire bakery for the best apple pie in the country is recommended, and the children will be thrilled.
Embrace the fascinating Germanic architecture with an afternoon stroll when you arrive at Swakopmund Luxury Suites located in the centre of Swakopmund, within walking distance to Palm Beach, and offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi for the family to remain connected. known as the activities centre of Namibia there are loads to do in Swakopmund and the nearby town Walvis Bay. But for today enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring this charming colonial seaside town with its aquarium, museum, shops and galleries.
Dinner at one of Swakopmund’s many restaurants.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Luxury Suites
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 6 - 7Swakopmund

This morning after breakfast we suggest that the family takes a 30mn drive to Walvis Bay which makes a great and easy day trip along a beautiful desert coastal highway. Only a thirty-minute drive from Swakopmund, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a completely different city. On your way there, you may pass flamingos and pelicans feeding on the surrounding wetland.

On arrival join a sailing excursion aboard a catamaran to Pelican Point (departure at 08h30) where a large Seal colony and playful Dolphins will entertain you. On board the boat you will be treated to fresh oysters, snacks, sparkling wine & soft drinks. The cruise last between 2 ½ – 3 hours.
The rest of the day is dedicated to further exploring the town and its surrounding area and we suggest the followings:

Drop from the Sky on a Skydiving Adventure
Swakopmund has one of the most unique environments on the planet, meaning you’ll surely get an experience free-falling that is unlike any before — and did I mention that skydiving here will be at a fraction of the cost as other places?

Ride a Camel at the Swakopmund Camel Farm
The Camel Farm is based just 12kms outside Swakopmund and is the perfect place to escape for a unique outing. Rides here are great fun for children of all ages. While you are at the farm, enjoy the company of the other residents such as cows, chickens, geese and donkeys. In addition, the farm has an indigenous desert garden with a collection of unique Namibian flora

Check Out the National Marine Aquarium
Children and adults alike will love the National Marine Aquarium of Swakopmund, one of the best things to do with kids in Swakopmund Namibia.
Inside its tanks is a taste of all mammals and reptiles apart of Namibian aquatic life. It even has a walk-through tunnel that the kids will love! Imagine their faces when they are literally walking underneath Atlantic Ocean life!

Spend an Afternoon at the Swakopmund Jetty Soaking Up the Pier
One of the most popular things to do in Swakopmund is to check out the Swakopmund Jetty!
There are two excellent restaurants at each end of the long pier and a view that is to die for. Come back for the big African sunset in the evening, as it is one of the most romantic places to visit in Swakopmund.

Dinner at one of Swakopmund’s many restaurants.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Luxury Suites
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 8 - 9Swakopmund to Damaraland

Leaving Swakopmund behind this morning you are heading North to Damaraland, a drive of approximately six hours depending on the number of stops en route. On your way there you will you pass mountains, open plains and dry riverbeds frequented by desert-adapted elephants. If you’re taking the coastal route, you could make a stop at the Cape Cross seal colony and visit the shipwreck of MS Winston at Durissa Bay. The alternative inland route is quicker and gives you views of the impressive Brandberg Mountain. On arrival, settle into your accommodation at Twyfelfontein Country Lodge located close to the Twyfelfontein rock engravings site. Activities at the camp include nature drives in search of the desert-adapted elephants, Twyfelfontein rock engravings excursions and guided walks. But the area is also home to natural wonders, including Doros Crater, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, and Petrified Forest. Relax in the wilderness scenery and enjoy the camp amenities. Enjoy dinner at the lodge.

The following morning after a hearty breakfast at the lodge it is time to visit the celebrated rock engravings of Twyfelfontein.
Twyfelfontein is the site of one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs (engravings) and rock paintings in Africa. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone mountain. Over 2,500 engravings and paintings make up the collection, many of which were created up to 6,000 years ago by hunter-gatherers’ communities in the area. It was approved in 2007 by UNESCO as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site. Return to the lodge for a scrumptious lunch.

In the afternoon depart for a guided nature walk to learn about the unique plants, birds and animals of the area and how they have adapted to life in such a dry climate. Alternatively, you could visit Namibia’s Open-Air Museum which shows you the way of life of the Damara people. Walk around the huts, watch craft making and see traditional medicines.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Included: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10Damaraland to Etosha National Park (South)

This morning after breakfast you will drive East towards Khorixas on your way to the wildlife haven of Etosha National Park. The drive takes around 5 hours depending on how many stops you make en route. On your way stop at the Petrified Forest. Lots of fossils and large tree trunks have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis. From Khorixas head east to the small town of Outjo where you may decide to stop for refreshments. Then proceed to your accommodation at Etosha Village situated only 2km from Andersson Gate, the southern entrance of Etosha National Park.

Etosha Village uniquely combines affordability with comfort, style and exquisite cuisine. Besides the 55 accommodation units and camping facilities, Etosha Village has three restaurant seating areas, a unique bar with a big screen television, a sparkling pool plus two kiddies’ pools as well as a well-stocked utility and curio shop.

If time allows and that you are ready to go, enjoy an afternoon game drive inside the park. Your first stop is Okaukuejo for entrance formalities and there is a shop to stock up on drinks and snacks. The park itself is well laid out so it will be pretty easy to navigate.
Etosha National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, 340 bird species and 110 reptile species. Larger mammals include lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, zebra and eland. Birds include flamingos, pelicans, eagles, goshawks, kori bustards, ostrich and lilac-breasted roller. Animals, particularly during the dry season, are dependent on the many waterholes found in the park, and these serve as great places for game viewing. Vegetation in the park is varied but consists mostly of mopane woodland and grassy plains. Return to the lodge just before sunset and later seat for a delicious dinner followed by overnight.

Accommodation: Etosha Village
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 11 - 12Etosha National Park (East)

After a leisurely breakfast, this morning drive to Etosha East and enjoy 2 full days on safari inside the national park. Your accommodation for the following three days is at Mushara Bush Camp, the ideal choice for travellers that seek more private experiences but still want to visit the Etosha National Park.
The camp is just a stone away from Etosha National Park and is a family friendly accommodation offering a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptional affordable base for independent travellers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park.

Take your time to visit many different waterholes where animals gather to quench their thirst. Vegetation elsewhere provides habitat for giraffe, zebra and oryx. Make sure to drive down or up dik dik drive waterhole to see not only the Damara dik-dik but herds of elephants as well.
As the evening approaches exit the park via the eastern von Lindequist Gate to Mushara Bush Camp, the perfect location from which to explore Etosha Park wilderness as the camp is situated just 5 mn drive from the gate.

Accommodation: Mushara Bush Camp,
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 13Etosha National Park (East) to Otjiwarongo

After 3 days of spectacular game viewing in Etosha national park, this morning head to Otjiwarongo, home to AfriCat Foundation and situated halfway between Windhoek and the Etosha National Park. Your accommodation at Out of Africa Town Lodge is ideally situated to visit the Otjiwarongo Crocodile Park, Cheetah Foundation located in the 22,000 ha Okonjima Nature Reserve. A visit to the cheetah rehabilitation project is also a must, to learn about conservation and the survival of Namibia’s Large Carnivores in their natural habitat. The research and conservation work done for these marvellous animals here is pioneering. Learn about how cheetahs are prospering because of these projects.
Track big cats such as Leopards and Cheetahs with two very experienced tracker guides (only children 6 years and above are allowed).

Wildlife species that can be spotted during game-viewing activities at Okonjima Nature Reserve include aardvark, gemsbok, giraffe, impala, kudu, mongoose, porcupine, wildebeest, zebra, leopard and cheetah
Round off this insightful day with an incredible dinner under the stars (weather permitting)

Accommodation: Out of Africa Town Lodge
Meal Plan: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 14Otjiwarongo – Windhoek - Departure

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, it is time to wave a fond farewell to Otjiwarongo as your epic family safari comes to an end. Your driving time today should be around two and a half hours therefore set off in good time to return your rental car.
On the way stop at a restaurant of your choice for a delicious lunch and take time to pick up some gifts for family and friends. Arrive at the airport and board your connecting flight either via Johannesburg or directly home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Please note that check-in times for departures are at least 2 hours before the flight departure time. Kindly deliver your car to the car rental company beforehand, from where you will be transferred to the airport

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